Monday, when the Hubs got home from his deep sea fishing trip with a group of men from our church,
(he caught a sea bass by the way!),
we both packed a small suitcase.
Tuesday morning, we put those suitcases in the car along with his fishing pole and my stack of library books, and headed to my sister and brother-in-law's house in southern Oregon for a few days of much needed relaxation.
The Hubs wore his new "relaxing attire", which I said was "cute".
That didn't go over too well.
I wanted a coffee for the road.
He bought me a one dollar coffee at McDonalds because the line at Starbucks was too long.
It wasn't the same.
Down the road aways, we stopped at Trader Joe's and got healthy snacks...
and these mints.
Wonderfulness in a bite, I tell you!
The scenery on the drive was incredible.
Some time away was just what we needed,
good fellowship with family, good food and lots of rest and relaxation.
In 2012 I followed the prompts in Ann Voskamp's Joy Dare in counting my thanks.
In 2013 I'm going back to the way I did it in the beginning,
just noticing and recording the many extraordinary blessings in my ordinary life.
And so I continue to count my thanks
piling up gratitude day by day
in my little black journal.
(and capturing some of them via my camera or iPhone)
-lunch with friends
-the Hubs home from deep sea fishing with some bass filets
-a run in the cool of the evening
-new running shoes
-a safe trip to my sister's
-devotions in their gazebo overlooking the river
- chatting with my sister and brother-in-law 'til bedtime
-a good night's sleep
-the river right out the back door
-my sister's good cooking
-a bird posing for me to take it's picture
-sun and blue skies
-a bald eagle!
-gorgeous sunset and full moon
-waffles with fresh strawberries
-resting and reading
-fun dinner and movie with my sister and brother-in-law
-belly laughs with my sis
-a safe drive home
-the sights along the way...two deer, a coyote, the mountains, the rock formations
-all the granddaughters piled on Papa's chair
-all the granddaughters at church with us
-our son-in-law starting to recuperate from pneumonia
-Sunday lunch with my nephew and his family